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National Insurance Numbers

Mr. Spellar: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer of 10 July 2006, from the Under-Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, my hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Mrs. McGuire), Official Report, column 1579W, on national insurance numbers, what action was taken in the cases notified to the immigration and nationality directorate. [85610]

Mr. Byrne: Cases are referred, by the Department for Work and Pensions National Identity Fraud Unit (NIFU), to a central point of contact within the Immigration Service (IS) for onward transmission to local IS intelligence units for assessment and, where appropriate, action.

National Probation Directorate

Mr. Dismore: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what plans he has for the future of the National Probation Directorate; what assessment he has made of the implications of those plans for staffing levels; and if he will make a statement. [87791]

Mr. Sutcliffe: The National Probation Directorate (NPD) continues to play a role in protecting the public and helping to reduce re-offending. Any reorganisation within the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) will seek to ensure these vital functions are continued. Due consideration will be given to the impact on staffing levels from any reorganisation within NOMS. This would include the effects of the Home Office Headcount Exercise.

Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many people have been (a) arrested for, (b) charged with and (c) convicted of an offence under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006. [88942]

John Reid: The information requested on arrests is not available within my Department. Information on arrests held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform is based on persons arrested for recorded crime “notifiable offences” by main offence group (i.e. sexual offences, theft and handling stolen goods, violence against the person, burglary etc.) only.

The Court Proceedings database held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform does not hold information with regard to charging. The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 only came into force during 2006, so data prior to this year are not applicable. Convictions data for 2006 will be available in the autumn of 2007.

Network of Buddhist Organisations

Mr. Hancock: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to his Department's list of organisations consulted on religious issues, what assessment he has made of the extent to which the Network of Buddhist Organisations is representative of
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that faith's adherents; and if he will make a statement. [85303]

Mr. Byrne: The Home Office has made no such assessment. The Network of Buddhist Organisations is one of the Buddhist organisations that the Home Office consults with.

New Criminal Offences

Mr. Clegg: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department if he will list the criminal offences created by the (a) Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003, (b) Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 and (c) Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. [86529]

John Reid: The following table lists the criminal offences created by these Acts:


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Criminal offence

Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003

Section 34(1)

Failure by a financial institution to comply with a requirement imposed under a customer information order.

Section 34(3)

False statement made by a financial institution in purported compliance with a customer information order.

Section 39(1) and 39(3)

The above two offences in Scotland.

Section 42

Disclosure by an institution or its employees of specified facts about a financial investigation.

Section 63(6)

Failing to deliver a driving licence and its counterpart to the Secretary of State when required to do so under subsection (1).

Section 64(6)

The above offence in Northern Ireland.

Section 79(2)

Inserts two new Northern Ireland offences into the Road Traffic Act 1988 relating to disabilities

Section 81

Inserts two offences into the Data Protection Act (section 54A of that Act) relating to the inspection of overseas information systems.

Section 89

Creates three offences in the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act regarding false monetary instruments. Section 88 has similar effect in relation to England and Wales by expanding existing offences in the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act 1981.

Anti-social Behaviour Act 2003

Section 4(1) Section 4(2)(a), (b) and (c)

Four offences relating to premises subject to a closure notice.

Section 32(2)

Knowingly contravening a dispersal direction.

Section 37(1) and 39(3)

Not new offences as such, but they expand the list of weapons for possession offences under the Firearms Act 1968.

Section 40(4)

Opening noisy premises in contravention of a closure notice.

Section 54(1)

Sale of aerosol paint container to a person under the age of 16.

Section 58(6)

Inserts a new offence into the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 relating to attendance at a rave.

Section 61

Inserts two new offences into the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 relating to trespassing.

Section 74(7)

Intentionally obstructing a person acting in the exercise of powers of entry for the purposes of complaints and appeals.

Section 75(1), (9) and (10)

Failure to comply with a remedial notice. Failure to comply with an order to comply with a remedial notice. A further failure to comply with such an order.

Section 77(9)

Obstruction of a person exercising powers to enter land

The Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003

Section 1

Offence of female genital mutilation.

Section 2

Offence of assisting a girl to mutilate her own genitalia.

Section 3

Offence of assisting a non-UK person to mutilate overseas a girl's genitalia.


Nigerian Citizens

Damian Green: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department (1) what his estimate is of the number of Nigerian citizens in the UK who have overstayed on a visitor’s visa; [85351]

(2) how many Nigerian citizens holding visitors’ visas were in the UK on 30 June 2006. [85352]

Mr. Byrne: Since embarkation controls were dismantled in 1994, information on the number of Nigerian citizens in the UK who have overstayed on a visitor’s visa is not available. Foreign nationals who visit the UK are not required to inform the authorities when they leave the country. It is not possible to obtain the figures of Nigerian citizens who arrive in the UK with a visitor’s visa. Scheduled to commence in 2008, the e-Borders programme will strengthen and modernise our border control including providing an electronic record of all those entering and leaving the UK.

Non-emergency Telephone Numbers

Lynne Featherstone: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what assessment he has made of the trial of the 101 non-emergency telephone number in Cardiff; and whether he plans to implement the scheme throughout England and Wales. [87306]

Mr. McNulty: An evaluation of the introduction in Cardiff on 2 June 2006 of the single non-emergency number, 101, as well as ongoing performance and quality monitoring, are currently under way. Information from these assessments and from four other first wave areas will inform the strategy for future implementation.

Nuisance Neighbours

Mr. Sheerman: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps his Department is taking
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to assist local authorities in dealing with nuisance neighbours. [88635]

Mr. McNulty: The Home Office along with the Department for Communities and Local Government is developing the Respect agenda to assist local authorities in dealing with nuisance neighbours. The Respect Action Plan recognises the important role social landlords play in tackling antisocial behaviour, including local housing authorities. We have provided local authorities in their housing role with a wide range of tools and powers to tackle antisocial behaviour, including injunctive powers, demoted tenancies, antisocial behaviour orders (ASBOs) and acceptable behaviour contracts (ABCs). We have encouraged and supported them through the Together campaign in delivering preventative approaches, providing support to victims and witnesses, and taking enforcement action.

As part of the Respect programme we will also intervene with highly problematic families that account for a disproportionate amount of antisocial behaviour. We will also establish Family Intervention Projects in 50 areas by the end of 2006 to address the causes of their behaviour, alongside supervision and enforcement tools to provide them with the incentives to change. In some communities, we know that there are premises which are a constant focus for antisocial behaviour and we will be consulting on a new power to allow the closure of any residential or licensed premises for a set period, regardless of tenure, that is causing significant, persistent and serious nuisance to local communities.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has also introduced a number of extra powers for local authorities to deal with nuisance neighbours under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. The statutory nuisance regime can already be used to deal with noise.

Office for Criminal Justice Reform

Mrs. Gillan: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department who is responsible for representing Welsh interests on the board of the Office for Criminal Justice Reform. [88176]

Mr. Sutcliffe [holding answer 24 July 2006]: The National Criminal Justice Board is the key high-level forum in which the services and departments reporting to the Home Secretary, the Secretary of State for Constitutional Affairs, and the Attorney-General, come together to exercise joint leadership over the criminal justice system. Its membership comprises those persons with executive responsibility to deliver key public service agreements and other high-level goals namely, senior and junior Ministers of the three CJS departments, heads of services, other key officials, and representatives of some key external stakeholders (Association of Police Authorities, Association of Chief Officers of Police, Metropolitan Police and the Criminal Justice Council). Members are collectively responsible for Welsh interests. In addition, the four Local Criminal Justice Boards in Wales are sponsored by members of the NCJB.


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Off-licence Alcohol Sales

Mr. Burstow: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many prosecutions there have been for off-licence alcohol sales to people (a) already under the influence of alcohol and (b) under the age of 18 years in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement. [81689]

Mr. Coaker: It is not possible to identify the number of prosecutions there have been for off-licence alcohol sales to people already under the influence of alcohol or under the age of 18 as the data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform do not identify those offences that have taken place in an off licence. However, data for the number of defendants prosecuted for certain offences relating to alcohol can be found in the following table.

Penalty Notices for Disorder have been available to the police for the offences of the sale of alcohol (a) to a drunken person and (b) to a person under the age of 18 since 1 November 2004, although data held by the Office for Criminal Justice Reform do not identify those offences that have taken place in an off licence. The following table shows 2004 PND data for (a) selling alcohol to a person under 18. However there were no PNDs issued for (b) Sale of alcohol to a drunken person in 2004. The table also shows provisional 2005 PND data for both (a) and (b).


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Penalty notices for disorder (PNDs) issued by police force area and offence, all ages, 2004
Police force Selling alcohol to person under 18

England

Avon and Somerset

Bedfordshire

Cambridgeshire

Cheshire

Cleveland

Cumbria

Derbyshire

Devon and Cornwall

Dorset

22

Durham

Essex

7

Gloucestershire

Greater Manchester

Hampshire

2

Hertfordshire

Humberside

2

Kent

Lancashire

30

Leicestershire

2

Lincolnshire

London, City of

Merseyside

2

Metropolitan

21

Norfolk

North Yorkshire

Northamptonshire

1

Northumbria

1

Nottinghamshire

9

South Yorkshire

2

Staffordshire

Suffolk

Surrey

Sussex

Thames Valley

Warwickshire

West Mercia

1

West Midlands

6

West Yorkshire

4

Wiltshire

Wales

Dyfed-Powys

Gwent

North Wales

1

South Wales

Total

113


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